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Menswear at 2015 Milan Fashion Week

With London Fashion Week ending a week ago, focus has shifted to Milan Fashion Week, where a number of designers have displayed their S/S 2016 Menswear collections. The linen, relaxed nature, and light colors associated with S/S collections have of course appeared, but other unexpected surprises have manifested themselves as well.

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The German house Jil Sander, though the queen of minimalism herself no longer runs the house, did display her signature minimalism in its use of blocks of color and solid colored pieces on its runway show. Uniquely, the collection was almost entirely made out of functional materials. Blazers, trousers, and coats made out of what looked like raincoat-material plastic coated fabrics gave the collection a functional aspect and created a futuristic look with its sleek textures. Though the collection utilized minimalism as expected, Jil Sander creative Rodolfo Paglialunga also expressed himself in the collection, using bustling patterns delicately throughout and creating a contrast with the Sander minimalism.

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Damir Doma brought out a number of his signature loose, draped, and flowing silhouettes in typical summer colors of light grey, white, even salmon, while including darker tones of blues and greens appeared with a surprising prominence. Less busy than his winter collection, it seemed to be a refinement and minimalistic view of what we know as Damir Doma. Raw and deconstructed sweaters, linen overcoat choices dangling over the floor, and slices of various precious stones adorning the necks were the highlights of the show.

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Bottega Veneta brought an unexpectedly rugged collection for its S/S menswear. Hiking boots, sandals, zip-up hoodies, and anoraks brought an adventurous vibe to the runway. Even bomber jackets were given a raw edge, made with technical fleece and the busy taped seams of a functional piece. A backpack or two along with single-strap bags fit right in with the mountaineering gear filling the catwalk. Similar to Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta has given a collection that is not only stylish, but has a functional purpose as well.

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Caring for Your Leather Jacket

For leather.

A good leather jacket is a must-have piece of clothing that can give your wardrobe a luxurious enhancement. And the leather jackets don’t come cheap, so if you want your investment to last long, you’ll have to take good care of it!

Caring for your leather jacket starts with knowing the type of leather you have purchased. There are several leather types and finishes, each of which requires being cared for differently. Don’t let this worry you; leather jackets sold in stores usually come with care tags so you won’t have a tough time deciding what’s best for your prized possession.

If your jacket doesn’t have a care tag or if you’re looking for general cleaning and storage tips, you’ve come to the right place. Here is some information you could use.

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Cleaning

Whether your leather jacket sees a regular use or is kept confined in your closet for most of the year, you need to clean it regularly. Start by dusting it lightly all over. Use a cotton cloth, a camel hair brush, or a nubuck cloth to prevent scuffing. Once you get rid of the dust, clean the jacket with a slightly damp cloth.

Check the jacket for stains; if you find any, spot treat them right away. Dab at dirt and food or drink stains using a damp cloth. Tougher stains will require the use of a leather cleaner. Be sure to test the cleaning product on a small area before treating the stain.

To remove mold and mildew, mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water. Clean the jacket using a clean cloth dipped in this solution. Oil and grease stains can be removed by sprinkling baking soda or ground blackboard chalk onto the stain. Leave the soda or chalk on for a day and then brush away gently. Repeat if needed.

Be sure to clean the jacket lining too. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and eliminate odors. Examine the lining closely for stains and treat as mentioned. Fill a bucket with water and add a little mild laundry detergent and half a cup of vinegar to it. Use a sponge to clean the jacket lining with this solution. Repeat with plain water to rinse the liner. Remove excess water using a dry sponge or cloth.

If you have a suede jacket, hang it in a steamy bathroom for a while and then use a suede brush to get rid of dirt. For stubborn stains, use an art gum eraser (artist’s eraser). Note that this is different from a kneaded eraser; the former crumbles apart when used while the latter does not.

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Drying

It is important to dry your leather jacket once you clean it or in the event you get caught in the rain when wearing it. Don’t put your jacket away without drying it out or you risk inviting mold and mildew. This doesn’t mean you hang it out in the sun to dry though; your leather jacket needs to be air-dried at room temperature so that it stays in good shape.

Never wring your leather jacket as doing so can cause irreversible damage. Simply hang the jacket in a well-ventilated area to air-dry. Invest in a couple of wooden coat hangers as they are not only sturdy but will help retain the shape of your leather jacket.

Conditioning

Just as you need to keep your skin moisturized, it’s important to condition your leather jacket. Leather conditioners keep leather soft and supple, and prevent it from drying or cracking. Irrespective of the type of leather you own, it will need conditioning. Just be sure to pick a conditioner that is appropriate for your jacket.

Stay away from leather conditioners that contain petroleum or mineral oils as these can damage your jacket over time. Also avoid conditioners that leave behind a greasy residue; instead, opt for ones that penetrate the leather.

Remember to condition your leather jacket every time you clean it and at least once a year. Use conditioner sparingly; you only need a thin coat over the jacket. Use a soft, dry cloth to help you apply the conditioner easily.

Protecting

Prevention is better than cure, so you’ll be better off if you can prevent stains and damages in the first place. Leather protectors can do just that- these are colorless, odorless sprays that protect leather from oil, dirt, and water stains. Buy a leather protector that suits your leather jacket and use it once a year.

Further, to keep your leather jacket looking its best, you’ll need to ensure that you’re wearing it the right way. Prevent body oil and perspiration stains by always having a layer of clothing between your skin and the leather. Wearing a scarf will prevent the neckline from staining!

Also, remember to keep your jacket away from hair sprays and perfumes.

Storing

Again, to maintain the shape of your jacket, use a sturdy hanger to store it. Store your jacket in a dark, dry, and well-ventilated area. Use a cloth garment bag or simply cover the jacket with a cotton sheet. Refrain from wrapping your jacket in plastic as doing so can trap moisture and encourage mold growth.

If you’re storing the jacket in your closet, do make sure it is clean!

Conclusion

A leather jacket is an investment and if you want to get years of wear out of your jacket, you’ll need to take good care of it. Using the tips given here, you’ll be able to ensure your leather jacket looks and feels the same through the years!

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Summer sale at East Dane!

Another great promotion at East Dane this week! Save 25% off of already on sale items, woot!

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As for what I’m picking up, definitely been lurking around the t-shirt shirt section and have my eye on these from Gitman Vintage:

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What are you looking to pick up, gents?! Happy shopping!

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Floor-length Summer Maternity Style

Take your summer style to the max with an easy, breezy maxi dress – and a special version of it if you’re expecting. With a great number of stripes, geometric prints and bright colors you have plenty of options to cover that growing baby bump.

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Motherhood Maternity’s Sleeveless Crochet Detail Maternity Maxi Dress is perfect for these warm summer months. With a v-neck and crochet detailing, this dress looks great from the front, but even better from the back! Comfort and style have never come together so seamlessly before!

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Add a fun print to really stand out from the crowd. Maternal America’s Sunset Geo Maternity Maxi Dress is anything but boring. The flattering empire waist and cling-free silhouette are just begging to be worn out at a party or backyard barbecue!

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Bring on summer with J-Mode Maternity’s Coral and Aqua Chevron Ruched Maternity Strapless Dress. The sorbet colors and chevron print are perfect for a day on the shore. Throw on a pair of flat sandals and head for the ocean.

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Rock a bold print with a low price tag. Target’s Maternity Sleeveless Surplice Pieced Maxi Dress- Ma Cherie will be your new summer staple. This dress would look great anywhere and for less than $35 you really need not take our word for it. Dress it up with a pair of fancy earrings or a statement necklace or keep it casual with a large roomy daytime tote.

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Ray-Ban Sunglasses: A Celebrity Favorite

One accessory that always seems to be on the top of the celebrity fashion list is sunglasses. No matter whether they are spotted in the airport, walking the streets of Rodeo Drive for a little shopping, sitting at an outdoor café in NYC for lunch, or splashing in the waves on some beach, celebrities have chosen sunglasses like Ray-Ban to protect their eyes and also be the perfect accessory to any outfit. There are many different styles of Ray-Ban sunglasses, so choosing the right one is just a matter of taste.

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One type of Ray-Ban sunglasses that has been popular since 1937 is the Aviator sunglasses. The sleek metal frames with rounded lenses that come in mirrored and colored styles, have been seen on male and female celebrities like supermodel Karlie Kloss, actress Olivia Wilde, long-time actor Al Pacino, and even infamous “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell. It is a style that is unisex, as well as one that is always fashionable in any decade. Prices range from $130 to $250.

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Another style of Ray-Ban sunglasses that is very popular in the celebrity world is the Wayfarer. This type of Ray-Ban sunglasses has a vintage appeal with its sturdy plastic frame, straight brow piece, and rounded lens that was invented in 1952 and became a hot commodity with its appearance on James Dean, in his iconic movie “Rebel without a Cause”. Some other celebrities who have adopted the Wayfarers are actress Liv Tyler, singers Rihanna and Justin Timberlake, actress Elizabeth Banks, and even soccer star David Beckham. With the signature Ray-Ban logo at the temples, it is easy to not confuse the Wayfarers with any other designer sunglasses out there. The prices of this style range from the $150’s to the $200’s.

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Now, if you are looking for a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses that are a little bolder, then you will also find a selection of brightly colored frames and lenses in many of the styles to fit your personality or mood.

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Learning The Best Hair Design

“In this world, nothing can be said to certain, except death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin famously said. But despite his wisdom and achievements, Franklin was forgetting another life truth: People will always need haircuts. Sure, some people go bald and some risk-takers go the do-it-yourself route, but most people will only entrust their tresses to a hair care professional. Customers want their cuts, colors, extensions, products and more from someone with skill, education and experience. That’s why hair design is a roughly $20 billion industry always in demand. Everyone from Joe Schmo to J. Lo needs a ‘do to reflect his or her personality.

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But before you can style the stars, you have to go to beauty school. And unlike man, not all beauty schools are created equal. If you want a lucrative, rewarding career in the hair design industry, select a school with the training, support, reputation and convenience to help you best achieve your goals.

Education and Educators

Whether you envision yourself working in a luxury spa or back-to-basics barbershop, the right curriculum taught by recognized experts is key. An education in hair design requires training in a variety of techniques and services, including everything from shampooing and blow-drying to coloring, straightening, and of course cutting. At Marinello Schools of Beauty, experienced instructors teach not only these skills, but also lessons to prepare you for the business side of the career. Your hair design education will include information on health, safety, reception, and salon management practices. Industry experts serve as guest lecturers to keep students up-to-date with the latest hair trends and techniques.

Practice and Service

Knowing the science behind coloring is an important part of a hair design education, but it’s only part of the equation. Putting that book knowledge into practice is essential for success. Some schools provide the textbook education, but little real-life, hands-on experience. Working with a fidgeting, opinionated human is a lot different than working with a silent, inanimate mannequin. At a Marinello Beauty School, you receive hands-on training as you work with paying clients through campus student clinics. These clinics strengthen your customer service skills, giving you a competitive advantage in the job market. Additionally, you can really put your skills to the test in the school’s hair competitions.

Accreditation and Reputation

Just as an Ivy League university holds a higher pedigree than a state college, beauty schools, too, come with reputations as varied. The best hair design colleges have proven records of student success. They also hold accreditation from the bodies which govern the beauty educational system. Marinello Schools of Beauty, for example, has over 100 years of experience. It is accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) and recognized by the United States Department of Education. The school also provides its graduates with interview and resume training, and assists in job placement.

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From stay-at-home moms to guys fresh out of high school, people from all walks of life can benefit from an education in hair design. Regardless of your current station in life, time is money and you don’t want to waste yours. Enroll at a school that offers a flexible course schedule at a location near you. Marinello Schools of Beauty has 59 campuses in California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada and Utah. Its campuses offer day, night and even weekend classes so you train alongside your busy schedule. Best of all, each campus offers financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans, to those who qualify.

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